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Behavioral Health Topics

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 

  • Examining state-level trends in suicide and the multiple circumstances contributing to it to help inform comprehensive state suicide prevention planning.
  • Showing how sustained implementation of population-based strategies, in coordination with Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco products, is critical to reducing tobacco product use and initiation among U.S. youths.

Read the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (PDF).

Medication adherence resources

Improving medication adherence

This is a practical tool to help improve medication adherence for PerformCare members who are experiencing depression and could also be used for any diagnoses. This tool is provided by Lilly Inc. and permission was granted for use by all PerformCare providers.
Questions for your patients with depression (PDF)

Strategies to promote medication adherence

The following presentation was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and provides key recommendations to improve medication adherence. 
Clinical Strategies to Promote Medication Adherence (PDF)

Substance abuse and smoking cessation resources

Identifying mental health and substance use problems of children and adolescents

This guide was created to promote the early identification of children and adolescents with mental health and substance use problems and to provide guidance, tools, and resources for early identification — including a compendium of the most developmentally, culturally, and environmentally appropriate screening instruments.
A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations (PDF)

Treatment of alcohol

This advisory is a revision of the 2006 Substance Abuse Treatment Advisor: The Role of Biomarkers in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders. The revision was necessitated by increased scientific knowledge about alcohol biomarkers and requests from clinical and judicial professionals for greater clarification on the use of biomarkers.
The role of biomarkers in the treatment of alcohol (PDF)

Tobacco cessation information for mental health providers

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recovery website

SAMHSA's recovery website answers two key questions:

  • What is recovery in relation to behavioral illness?
  • What implications does recovery have for transforming behavioral health practice to become "recovery oriented"?

As part of a federal initiative to move the concept of recovery from policy and vision statements into practice, SAMHSA offers a range of resources for mental health professionals who are engaged in the transformation process. Learn more about recovery practices at Partners for Recovery. Additionally, remember the role that the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) can play in the member's recovery process.

SAMHSA-HRSA eSolutions

eSolutions is a regularly updated electronic resource of the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. This resource delivers news and perspectives on primary care and behavioral health integration directly to your inbox.